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06/14/2019

posted Jun 14, 2019, 4:38 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good morning.  The end of the school year is in sight.  Hopefully, for our students the weather this summer will improve greatly from the spring they have endured so they can truly enjoy their well-deserved time off.  This will be one of the more lengthy emails as it will be the last of the school year!


Yesterday, we celebrated our last Silver Hawk Award winners in our morning ceremony.  The recipients (2 from each grade, each trimester) are chosen by their teachers as students who epitomize what is means to be a respectful, resourceful, responsible, and confident learner. Our winners for this third trimester were Luke Crawford, Jade Nicolas, Mallory Daley, Kyle Gandini, Noah Bolduc, Addy Wernig, Lily Tierno, and Anthony Haddocks.


The Silver Hawk Ceremony was followed later in the afternoon by our annual Talent Show.  The talent was extremely talented, the audience was awesome, and everyone in the auditorium seemed to have a lot of fun.  And that is a very good thing.


If you have reached out to Ms. Moynihan about ordering a yearbook and have not yet submitted payment, you need to do so ASAP to ensure that your child gets his/her yearbook, please.


Also, you have until next Wednesday to pay any balances on your child’s food service account here at school.  This can be done either online or by sending in a check with your child.


Congrats to both Patrick Gandini and Maria Uicker who recently presented their projects down in Washington, D.C. for the annual National History Day National Contest.  Patrick wrote a paper on the U.S. Marines and Iwo Jima and Maria did a performance on Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution.


Our 6th graders showed a more than $270 profit during the Economy Project Unit and will donate all of the money to “The Cure Starts Now.”  This, of course, is a foundation fighting to eliminate ALL cancers.


Please remind your students that any books they have from our library is way past due and should return them immediately.  They should also make sure they have their Chromebooks and chargers ready to be returned beginning tomorrow and continuing until Tuesday morning.


Mr. Meyers “treated” the students to a sampling of U.S. Armed Forces “A-Ration/B-Ration/C-Ration” meals that soldiers ate during the war as part of their studies of World War II.  Today they had a taste of chipped beef on toast, baked beans and peaches. Most students seemed to enjoy it! As Napolean put it best, “an army marches on its stomach.” So do middle school students….


Two important changes for next year:  One, in order to offer students a more personalized and focused instruction we are going back to using Mrs. Barbour (our reading specialist) the way we used by having her give individualized and small group instruction.  All students will take their Language Arts teachers with their grade level teachers and those who need access to Mrs. Barbour (as stated in their IEPs) will have a schedule created for them as to when this will happen during the school day.


And, two, we are tightening the cell phone policy here at GMS.  No longer will students be able to use their phones at recess, in the cafeteria or in-between classes.  Students will be able to bring them to school but they must be kept in either their lockers, backpacks, or pockets.  They should not be seen nor used unless the classroom teacher gives them permission.


Any incoming 4th-8th grade student may take part in our Summer Math Academy (for free!).  For information about the program or how to register, please follow this link.


Reminder that next Wednesday, our last day of school, is an early dismissal.  Students will be dismissed at 11:20.


Please join me in wishing our 4 retirees as they begin the next chapter of their lives.  They will sorely be missed and we greatly appreciate their service to the school district.  Happy Trails to Jeff Josten, Kim Watterson, Donna O’Neil, and Beth DeVivo!


Finally, I’d like to thank our staff, our students, and you parents for helping make this a successful school year here at GMS.  I truly appreciate your support. I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation with your family.


Take care,


Peter


06/07/2019

posted Jun 7, 2019, 6:07 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Congratulations to the track athletes who competed in the State Meet of Champions.  Patrick Gandini scored 2nd and 4th in the 1600 and 800, respectively; Charlotte Lehr 8th in the hurdles; Ashley Sanderson 20th in the hurdles and the 4x100 for placing 16th (Taryn Wernig, Lauren Gallant, Emily Watson, and Charlotte Lehr).


Kudos to 6th grader, Carter Laliberte for working hard to make this world a better place.  Carter annually works at the Walter E Burns Memorial Fishing Day where he teaches students with special needs on how to fish.  He has also started his own company, “Kid in Outdoors,” where he is an ambassador to get kids off of video games and go outdoors.  And if that wasn’t enough, he is currently part of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. Way to go, Carter!


If your son is currently in the 8th grade and is interested in playing soccer next year at the high school and is interested in playing summer soccer, please have them see me for the schedule and for more information.


Very busy end of the year so here are some important dates for you to know:

  • Monday, June 10 = GMHS Track closed until mid-August

  • Wednesday, June 12 = Silver Hawk Award Ceremony (7:45); Talent Show (1:00); Last Day for Homework Group

  • Monday, June 17 = 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston; 5th Grade Field Trip to the Flume/Cannon Mtn

  • Tuesday, June 18 = 6th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park; 8th Grade Cookout & Field Day

  • Wednesday, June 19 = 8th Grade Moving Up Day (9:30; 8th graders should arrive to school at 8:45); Grades 5-7 Cookout & Field Day; Last Day of School/Early Release (11:20)


Thank you and hope you have a nice weekend.


Peter

06/03/2019

posted Jun 3, 2019, 6:55 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good morning.  This morning we conducted a "LockDown/Barricade Drill" both here at the middle school and over at the high school. First responders from the GPD and the middle school administrative team conducted this drill to ensure that students and staff members stay current with best practices such as the ALICE training that we have recently been through. We were thoroughly impressed with the seriousness that our students and staff displayed; this was the most successful drill we have ever had here in my four years.
Please contact me if you have any questions. The students and staff at GMS are our number one priority and I thank you for placing your trust in us.

Peter

05/30/2019

posted May 31, 2019, 7:17 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  I had a great conversation with our 5th Grade Team today and it was suggested that we, the school, do a better job of reminding parents where to find information regarding their child’s grades, assignments due, etc.  We know that we inform you from time to time but it would be helpful to get reminders more often; I know that it is helpful for me! And seeing that we’re trying to get students work in before the end of the year, it would be appropriate to do so now. So here it goes:  


Each Grade Level Team has worked hard to establish a weekly assignment page/link on our school’s website.  Just follow this link or go the Grade Levels drop down menu on our school’s website.  I have always said that it takes 3 (the school, the parents, and the student) working together, communicating and doing their parts in order for achieve a successful, meaningful school career.  So here’s us, doing our part!


The following students are taking part in a very special event next Friday.  It is the first (at least the first that we have attended) Unified Sports and Special Olympics Games.  This will take place down at UNH. Those making the world a better place for everybody are MacKenzie Richards, Charli Eddy, Addy Harris, Maddy Isabelle, Megan Legro, Samantha Dahl, Brendan Terrio, Ella Guest, Joey LaChance, Devin Spry, Lacey Houle and Madison Nash.  They will be led by our very own, Mrs. Stephenson!


I have attached to this email the 2019 Gilford Youth Center Summer Camp flyer.  This has registration and information about the camp.


Speaking of summer camps; the last day to register for our Theatre Summer Camp is Monday, June 3.  There are no more spots for Tech Crew, however. Please contact Mr. Demko if you have any questions.


I hope you have a good Friday and an even better weekend!


Peter






Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 29, 2019:
2019 GYC Summer Camp Flyer (1).docx

05/23/2019

posted May 24, 2019, 11:01 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good afternoon.  This promises to be a good weekend.  Not only is it a 3-day weekend but I get to start it off with a Fisher Cat game tonight and enjoy watching our students show off their musical talents on the playing field as our Band and Chorus will perform in front of the home crowd.


Recently, our 8th graders traveled to NHTI to take part in the “C4U Reality Fair.” This is an interactive event where students simulate spending decisions they will face when they graduate from high school using the entry-level salary of a profession of their choice that they have researched in advance with Mr. Bowler. The goal is to stay within a monthly budget. Our students worked with credit union volunteers to help them make spending decisions in various expense categories, such as housing, transportation, utilities and entertainment. Each year, our students return stating how much they enjoyed this experience; this year was no different.  And it was nice to see them all dressed up like professionals!


Attached to this email is the application for our town’s Gilford Got Lunch program.  If you have any specific questions, you may contact our school nurse, Beth Haddock.  I have also attached the most recent edition of our town’s Park & Recreation newsletter.


Pencil in on your calendars that our annual Middle School Pops Night will be on Friday, June 7.  This event will be held in our cafeteria. More details to come.


You’ll be pleased to know that each grade level reports that the students worked very hard on their state testing these past few weeks.  They just have one more round of testing (the biannual NWEA assessments). We are stressing to the students that we’re looking for them to give their best effort and to show growth over last year’s testing (NHSAS) and over last Fall’s (NWEA) testing.


Next Thursday, our 7th Graders take part in their annual community service event; the Spring clean-up of Gilford Beach; rain date is Friday, May 31.


Please take the time this weekend to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  And, as always, try and get some quality family time in, too.


Take care,


Peter







Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, June 23, 2019:
GGLApp.pdf
Gilford Got LunchGMS.pdf

05/17/2019

posted May 20, 2019, 4:22 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  The campus of GMHS is certainly hopping this evening.  We have a dance recital rehearsal, the Prom March, and our very own 6-8 school dance (please be sure to pick up your child by 8:30 so I can get home to watch the Sox; and how about those Bruins?!) all taking place this evening.


The 6th Graders have finished their Economy Unit Project this week.  And I am happy to say that they made a profit! All of which will go to a charity of their choosing.  As many of you know who have been through this before, students had to pitch a product (via a business plan) to representatives at Meredith Village Savings Bank in order to secure a loan to produce their product.  There were quite a few interesting ones; for example, “The Surviving School Bus,” “Rainbow Stretch,” “Pipe Fidget,” and “Book Biters.”


As promised last week, the Chorale Concert last night was a huge success.  Kudos to Mrs. Sanborn and Mr. Warnick for preparing our talented singers. It truly was amazing!


Speaking of talent, the auditions for next month’s talent show (a perennial favorite here) will take place Monday and Tuesday after school next week.  The talent show is scheduled June 12 sometime in the afternoon.


Tuesday night is the PTA Poetry Contest winners’ readings.  This will take place at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30.


Next Friday evening has our Band and Choir performing at the Fisher Cats game in Manchester.


The 5th and 8th Graders should finish their Science State Testing on Monday.  This will be followed by the 6th and 7th Graders taking their Math State Testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see the 5th and 8th Graders taking their math portion of the test. So far, we have been impressed with their efforts!


And thank you for being patient with me directing the traffic out on Alvah Wilson in the morning.  I think the new bus drop-off/route has been helpful (certainly safer). Just two friendly reminders:  One, you are not allowed to take a left hand turn out of the parking lot between 6:45-7:30 and 2:00-2:30.  Two, it is very helpful for me when you use your directional signals when you want to turn into the school.


Take care and have a nice weekend.


Peter


05/17/2019

posted May 20, 2019, 4:22 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  The campus of GMHS is certainly hopping this evening.  We have a dance recital rehearsal, the Prom March, and our very own 6-8 school dance (please be sure to pick up your child by 8:30 so I can get home to watch the Sox; and how about those Bruins?!) all taking place this evening.


The 6th Graders have finished their Economy Unit Project this week.  And I am happy to say that they made a profit! All of which will go to a charity of their choosing.  As many of you know who have been through this before, students had to pitch a product (via a business plan) to representatives at Meredith Village Savings Bank in order to secure a loan to produce their product.  There were quite a few interesting ones; for example, “The Surviving School Bus,” “Rainbow Stretch,” “Pipe Fidget,” and “Book Biters.”


As promised last week, the Chorale Concert last night was a huge success.  Kudos to Mrs. Sanborn and Mr. Warnick for preparing our talented singers. It truly was amazing!


Speaking of talent, the auditions for next month’s talent show (a perennial favorite here) will take place Monday and Tuesday after school next week.  The talent show is scheduled June 12 sometime in the afternoon.


Tuesday night is the PTA Poetry Contest winners’ readings.  This will take place at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30.


Next Friday evening has our Band and Choir performing at the Fisher Cats game in Manchester.


The 5th and 8th Graders should finish their Science State Testing on Monday.  This will be followed by the 6th and 7th Graders taking their Math State Testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see the 5th and 8th Graders taking their math portion of the test. So far, we have been impressed with their efforts!


And thank you for being patient with me directing the traffic out on Alvah Wilson in the morning.  I think the new bus drop-off/route has been helpful (certainly safer). Just two friendly reminders:  One, you are not allowed to take a left hand turn out of the parking lot between 6:45-7:30 and 2:00-2:30.  Two, it is very helpful for me when you use your directional signals when you want to turn into the school.


Take care and have a nice weekend.


Peter


05/17/2019

posted May 20, 2019, 4:21 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  The campus of GMHS is certainly hopping this evening.  We have a dance recital rehearsal, the Prom March, and our very own 6-8 school dance (please be sure to pick up your child by 8:30 so I can get home to watch the Sox; and how about those Bruins?!) all taking place this evening.


The 6th Graders have finished their Economy Unit Project this week.  And I am happy to say that they made a profit! All of which will go to a charity of their choosing.  As many of you know who have been through this before, students had to pitch a product (via a business plan) to representatives at Meredith Village Savings Bank in order to secure a loan to produce their product.  There were quite a few interesting ones; for example, “The Surviving School Bus,” “Rainbow Stretch,” “Pipe Fidget,” and “Book Biters.”


As promised last week, the Chorale Concert last night was a huge success.  Kudos to Mrs. Sanborn and Mr. Warnick for preparing our talented singers. It truly was amazing!


Speaking of talent, the auditions for next month’s talent show (a perennial favorite here) will take place Monday and Tuesday after school next week.  The talent show is scheduled June 12 sometime in the afternoon.


Tuesday night is the PTA Poetry Contest winners’ readings.  This will take place at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30.


Next Friday evening has our Band and Choir performing at the Fisher Cats game in Manchester.


The 5th and 8th Graders should finish their Science State Testing on Monday.  This will be followed by the 6th and 7th Graders taking their Math State Testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see the 5th and 8th Graders taking their math portion of the test. So far, we have been impressed with their efforts!


And thank you for being patient with me directing the traffic out on Alvah Wilson in the morning.  I think the new bus drop-off/route has been helpful (certainly safer). Just two friendly reminders:  One, you are not allowed to take a left hand turn out of the parking lot between 6:45-7:30 and 2:00-2:30.  Two, it is very helpful for me when you use your directional signals when you want to turn into the school.


Take care and have a nice weekend.


Peter


05/17/2019

posted May 20, 2019, 4:21 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  The campus of GMHS is certainly hopping this evening.  We have a dance recital rehearsal, the Prom March, and our very own 6-8 school dance (please be sure to pick up your child by 8:30 so I can get home to watch the Sox; and how about those Bruins?!) all taking place this evening.


The 6th Graders have finished their Economy Unit Project this week.  And I am happy to say that they made a profit! All of which will go to a charity of their choosing.  As many of you know who have been through this before, students had to pitch a product (via a business plan) to representatives at Meredith Village Savings Bank in order to secure a loan to produce their product.  There were quite a few interesting ones; for example, “The Surviving School Bus,” “Rainbow Stretch,” “Pipe Fidget,” and “Book Biters.”


As promised last week, the Chorale Concert last night was a huge success.  Kudos to Mrs. Sanborn and Mr. Warnick for preparing our talented singers. It truly was amazing!


Speaking of talent, the auditions for next month’s talent show (a perennial favorite here) will take place Monday and Tuesday after school next week.  The talent show is scheduled June 12 sometime in the afternoon.


Tuesday night is the PTA Poetry Contest winners’ readings.  This will take place at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30.


Next Friday evening has our Band and Choir performing at the Fisher Cats game in Manchester.


The 5th and 8th Graders should finish their Science State Testing on Monday.  This will be followed by the 6th and 7th Graders taking their Math State Testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see the 5th and 8th Graders taking their math portion of the test. So far, we have been impressed with their efforts!


And thank you for being patient with me directing the traffic out on Alvah Wilson in the morning.  I think the new bus drop-off/route has been helpful (certainly safer). Just two friendly reminders:  One, you are not allowed to take a left hand turn out of the parking lot between 6:45-7:30 and 2:00-2:30.  Two, it is very helpful for me when you use your directional signals when you want to turn into the school.


Take care and have a nice weekend.


Peter


05/17/2019

posted May 20, 2019, 4:21 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good evening.  The campus of GMHS is certainly hopping this evening.  We have a dance recital rehearsal, the Prom March, and our very own 6-8 school dance (please be sure to pick up your child by 8:30 so I can get home to watch the Sox; and how about those Bruins?!) all taking place this evening.


The 6th Graders have finished their Economy Unit Project this week.  And I am happy to say that they made a profit! All of which will go to a charity of their choosing.  As many of you know who have been through this before, students had to pitch a product (via a business plan) to representatives at Meredith Village Savings Bank in order to secure a loan to produce their product.  There were quite a few interesting ones; for example, “The Surviving School Bus,” “Rainbow Stretch,” “Pipe Fidget,” and “Book Biters.”


As promised last week, the Chorale Concert last night was a huge success.  Kudos to Mrs. Sanborn and Mr. Warnick for preparing our talented singers. It truly was amazing!


Speaking of talent, the auditions for next month’s talent show (a perennial favorite here) will take place Monday and Tuesday after school next week.  The talent show is scheduled June 12 sometime in the afternoon.


Tuesday night is the PTA Poetry Contest winners’ readings.  This will take place at the Gilford Public Library at 6:30.


Next Friday evening has our Band and Choir performing at the Fisher Cats game in Manchester.


The 5th and 8th Graders should finish their Science State Testing on Monday.  This will be followed by the 6th and 7th Graders taking their Math State Testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday will see the 5th and 8th Graders taking their math portion of the test. So far, we have been impressed with their efforts!


And thank you for being patient with me directing the traffic out on Alvah Wilson in the morning.  I think the new bus drop-off/route has been helpful (certainly safer). Just two friendly reminders:  One, you are not allowed to take a left hand turn out of the parking lot between 6:45-7:30 and 2:00-2:30.  Two, it is very helpful for me when you use your directional signals when you want to turn into the school.


Take care and have a nice weekend.


Peter


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